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Voice: A day for prayer

April 30, 2002

Think of a person who you can truly confide in. You can share all your problems and concerns with this individual. But suppose there is something you are not too sure you can share with that person. Who can you turn to then?

Whenever we need to talk to someone, we can always turn to God. No matter what time of the day it is, we will never receive a busy signal or be ignored. We can share our every care, concern, fears and burdens with Him. He will always be there and hear us. We can know without a doubt that He can be trusted (Proverbs 3:5-6). What does it mean to pray? According to Websters dictionary it is "to offer devout petition, praise, thanks, etc., to God." Throughout my life I have noticed God responding to my prayers and answering them according to His time and will. In 1775, the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of prayer. In 1952 it was established by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Truman. In 1988 the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan as the first Thursday in May. We may ask ourselves, "What is there to pray about?" We can pray for our federal, state and local leaders. We can pray for our nation especially after the Sept. 11 incident. We can pray for our families and loved ones. Most importantly we can pray for personal renewal and moral awakening. On this National Day of Prayer we can rest assured that "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of trouble (Psalms 46:1)."

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MARY RYAN

El Centro

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